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  • SAS Shadow Raiders

  • The Ultra-Secret Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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The incredible story of the radar wars: Britain's most secret battle.  

In the winter of 1941 an alien-seeming object was captured in a death-defying dash by an RAF reconnaissance pilot flying a lone unarmed Spitfire across the French coast. Balanced upon the cliffs near Le Havre was what appeared to be a giant convex dish, directed across the Channel at the war-torn British coastline.  

With Britain's cities being pounded by fearsome bombing raids, teams of experts studied the photograph worriedly. Might the dish constitute a highly secret form of radar - one that had the capacity to tip the balance of the war decisively in the enemy's favour? If so, Nazi Germany would have leapfrogged British technology many-fold.  

A top-secret mission was devised to steal what had become known as the 'Wurzburg Dish' after Enigma intercepted coded German messages. Appropriately christened Operation Biting, this was to be the first-ever Allied raid using airborne forces. Commanded by legendary Major John 'Johnny' Frost, he demanded blind loyalty from his band of piratical raiders. 'A wild crew...they looked horrible,' he admitted. Each and every rehearsal had proved disastrous; it was a suicide mission in all but name.  

On the French coast agents of the Special Operations Executive - Churchill's shadowy ministry for ungentlemanly warfare - risked all to map the target's defences. At the 11th hour, two unwelcome additions joined Frosts' crew. One was a shadowy German cloaked in mystery, the other a British radar specialist who could not be allowed to fall into enemy hands.   

Relying on files declassified for the purposes of writing this book, eyewitness testimony and working with the families of key figures involved, Lewis reveals an untold epic of daring, ruthless rule-breaking and ferocity, coupled with bravery and ingenuity beyond measure. The results of Operation Biting would resonate throughout the war and beyond, changing the course of 20th-century history. 

©2019 Damien Lewis (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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fantastic story about the sacrifices of a special

loved it, the book tell the tales of amazing men at a time of war

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  • Tim
  • 16-04-2020

A terrific war time thriller

Terrific story, research and narration. It was a real shame when I came to the end... I could have listened and marvelled at the story for easily another 6 hrs.

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  • robert
  • 12-11-2019

Stick with it

Takes a while to get going but once it dose it’s worth it! Another great book from this Author!

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  • paul t
  • 07-11-2019

Can not put this down

Another brilliant book by Damien Lewis, I love reading these SAS stories, the history of the Regiment is brilliant, proper rough tough, intelligent and humorous men who faced fear and in many cases laughed in the face of danger, this is the fourth book from Damien that I have read, hard books to put down once started.

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  • 06-11-2020

An excellent pen-picture

An excellent pen-picture of the background, terrain, machines, action but most of all the men who with courage & fortitude took part in Operation Biting & related episodes of WWII. Damien Lewis' trademark is exhaustive research & relentless attention to detail & this is no less evidenced in SAS Shadow Raiders. A thoroughly enjoyable read, often moving & exhilarating. A great tribute to ordinary men who in time of war did extraordinary things & so wrote their names in history. Thank you Damien for bringing these brave men back to life & capturing in the memory of future generations the events which along with others brought about the deserved defeat of the Nazi evil.

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  • Andy T
  • 05-11-2020

Excellent derring-do!

I confess I like this kind of history; but this is very well researched, engagingly written and brilliantly narrated. If you like wartime excitement- you know who you are - this is for you!

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  • HalfMyLife
  • 03-11-2020

Incredibly brave men

A couple of incredible stories. But the book is very slow to get to the meat. Rather too much geeky preamble for me. Also read in an odd style, like an Airfix instruction manual. These brave men made the difference winning WW2. They deserve your time. Just fast forward to the good bits.

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  • Andy
  • 06-07-2020

great listening and accurate to the end.

great listening and enjoyable to the end detail in the right place and well narrated

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  • Nigel
  • 09-06-2020

Brilliant Book

what an amazing true story of heroism, daring and courage. Damien Lewis never fails to hold the reader/listener in the grip of the story. Excellently written and researched.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-02-2020

Extraordinary

I don't give five stars very often. I am approaching 100 audiobooks in my library now and few come close to this story. Perhaps because it is factual and based on accounts of the actual SAS members, you feel involved in it and care about the characters. One of best audiobooks on offer.

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  • karl bartlett
  • 05-02-2020

Fabulous

We owe so much to so few, thank you. A fascinating account of the birth of the special forces.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-12-2019

True life war adventures

One of the best and most exciting war stories I’ve listened to. Narrated at an excellent pace.

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